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Amelia and Oliver top list of baby names in England and Wales

Article By: Sue Learner, Editor

The names Amelia and Oliver were the most popular baby names in England and Wales in 2014.

A total of 6,649 baby boys were named Oliver and 5,327 girls were called Amelia, according to the Office of National Statistics.

Amelia has been in the top spot since 2011 while Oliver has been in top spot since 2013.

In England, Amelia was the most popular girls’ name in eight out of the nine regions and Oliver was the most popular boys’ name in seven out of the nine regions. Muhammad was top in the London list.

In Wales, Oliver remained the most popular boys’ name, while Amelia has been the most popular girls’ name since 2012.

Lily replaced Mia in the top 10 most popular girls’ names for England and Wales, climbing from number twelve to nine.

The top 10 baby girls' names were:

• Amelia

• Olivia

• Isla

• Emily

• Poppy

• Ava

• Isabella

• Jessica

• Lily

• Sophie

The leading boys' names were:

• Oliver

• Jack

• Harry

• Jacob

• Charlie

• Thomas

• George

• Oscar

• James

• William

Last year, the National Records for Scotland revealed that Jack was the most popular name for boys born in Scotland in 2014 for the seventh consecutive year. Emily rose from third to replace Sophie as the most popular first forename for baby girls. Jack and Emily also topped the list in Northern Ireland.


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